Scientists shocked by a discovery at the bottom of the ocean

  • Scientists shocked by a discovery at the bottom of the ocean

Scientists shocked by a discovery at the bottom of the ocean

One of the three newly discovered species known as the Atacama snailfish, now sorted into three categories: blue, purple, and pink.

A community of 40 scientists from 17 totally different countries teamed up to search the freezing, pitch-dim residing, the utilization of cameras and other equipment.

During the expedition the team discovered some interesting species of snailfish, three to be more precise.

These creatures live at such "extreme depths" that they rival the world's deepest-living fish - the Mariana snailfish (pseudoliparis swirei), discovered past year inside the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean. People expect that deepest fish would be lonely and motionless.

Scientists acknowledged that the snailfish, with no giant teeth or "menacing frame", doesn't fit with "the preconceived stereotypical image of what a deep-sea fish should look like". Dr. Thomas Linley, from Newcastle University, said that there is something about the Snailfish that permits them to readjust to living extremely deep.

Creatures live at a depth of eight kilometers. "They seem to be quite active and look very well-fed".

This releases weights and the lander rises to the surface with the help of flotation - enabling the team to catch specimens and take video footage of life at the bottom of the ocean. The pink, blue, and purple fishes are small and translucent with no scales on their body.

And the snailfish are so in-tune with their ultra-deep, ice-cold environment that they would MELT if brought closer to the surface.

Analysts even managed to capture one of the new species, which, when removed from the extreme pressure and cold of their natural habitat, "are extremely fragile and melt rapidly", according to Linley.

"Their gelatinous construction scheme they're perfectly adapted to residing at extreme tension and if reality be told the toughest structures in their bodies are the bones in their inner ear which offer them steadiness and their enamel". Scientists filmed the fish in their natural environment as part of an global expedition to remotely explore the Atacama Trench, off the coast of Peru, and the discovery will be presented at the ongoing Challenger Conference at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.

The research will be discussed at the 2018 Challenger Conference which kicks off at the university this week. These creatures belong to an unidentified species of the Munnopsidae family and grow to be the size of an adult human hand. The researchers captured more than 100 hours of video of them using a special baited camera system off the coast of Peru and Chile.

The Atacama name comes from the Atacama Trench, a slash in the floor of the ocean that is almost 6,000km long and more than 8,000m deep in some areas.